Hudson Hawk Band Updates

Week of 5/2/2022

Beginner Band Piano Rehearsals

Beginner students who are performing at the solo contest on Saturday, May 7 will practice their solo with a piano accompanist this week on either Tuesday/Thursday or Wednesday/Friday. The majority of the students will practice during class but a few will need to be at school early for these rehearsals. Please check the schedule below (there are 2 tabs at the bottom) and make arrangements for your student to be at school early if they have a before-school piano rehearsal.


Beginner Solo & Ensemble Contest

Saturday, May 7th, 8am-1:30pm

4500 Skyline Drive

Rowlett, TX


All academically eligible Beginner Band students will perform their solo for a judge at this contest. This is a required performance (test grade) and is an important part of our curriculum and TEKS for the school year. The performance will take approximately 45 minutes and students will need to dress up for their performance. A portion of their score is based on presentation, so the fancier the outfit, the better!

This performance is also one of the requirements to attend the spring trip to Pinstack. Transportation is NOT provided, so please make plans now to get to and from Coyle Middle School on this date.

Some students received a letter last week if they will NOT be performing at this contest. The letter explains why they are not performing and the requirements to make up the grade. Please let us know if you have questions.


Final payments of ALL band fees and spring trip fees were due Thursday, April 14. Please check your student's Charms account for balance info and to pay online. You may also send cash or checks (made out to Hudson Band Boosters). Band fees must be paid in full for students to attend the spring trip. Please help us by taking care of these fees ASAP.

Details for how to use the Charms system can be found at the bottom of this newsletter.

Last Booster Club Meeting

Monday, May 9th, 7pm

4405 Hudson Drive

Sachse, TX

Please join us for the last booster club meeting of the year. We will vote our new board members in and finalize plans for the ensemble concert dinner show. We can't wait to wrap up this year with our amazing parents!

**Enter through the back of the school at door #11.**

Instrument Drive Helpers

The following students will be helping with the instrument drives on the following dates:

Monday, May 2 (after school - 8:15pm)

Jennifer Tran, Maggie Truong, Brett Hough, Grant Finley, Celeste Compean, Bryan Velasquez, Eric Perez, Nitya Patel, Peyton Noland, Chloe Rex

Thursday, May 5 (after school - 8:15pm)

Savannah Miller, Chloe Rex, Valeria Salinas, Melissa Espinoza, Mina Sombath, Blake Ahn, Ruben Berreles, Duncan Kirschner, Peyton Noland, Josh Abrha

Wednesday, May 11 (after school - 8:15pm)

Alexis Mozley, Chloe Rex, Nathan Finley, Nikki Co, Brett Hough, Sofia Kolath, Jimmy Herrera, Josh Abrha, Maggie Truong, Nathan Bickerstaff

Help Us Recruit New Students

Do you know any current 5th graders who are coming to Hudson next year?! If so, please share our BAND WEBSITE with them and have them sign up for one of our upcoming instrument fitting drives (on May 2, May 5, or May 11) so we can help them pick an instrument.

Our best recruiters are current and former band parents and students. Your positive words and posts about our program go a long way in helping families choose to join our band. We thank you in advance for your help!

HMS Bands Spring Concert

Tuesday, May 31st, 6pm

3901 Miles Road

Sachse, TX

ALL HMS Band students will perform their final concert of the year on Tuesday, May 31. This performance is required by all students. More details will come soon, but be prepared for the concert to last 1.5 hours due to the award presentations and ALL bands performing. 2 test grades are given for this performance.

HMS Band Ensemble Concert & Dinner Show

Monday, June 6th, 6pm

4405 Hudson Drive

Sachse, TX

Most of our band students will perform in an ensemble concert (small groups) on June 6. We are working on making this a fundraiser dinner show and will finalize all details at our next booster club meeting.

What Should We Be Practicing?

Practicing should happen daily to help build coordination and muscle memory and retain progress. Students should practice sitting in a real chair (preferably one that doesn't roll/spin), using a music stand, with a metronome. Please make sure woodwind players are properly swabbing out their instrument at the end of every practice session to keep their instruments clean!

Beginner Band:

Rhythm Rockers units 1-8, Musical Mastery warm-up exercises, pages 12-15 in Sound Innovations, Double Reeds units 10-12 in Boot Camp book, SCALES!!! We have started Scale Masters and will award a trophy to the first student in each class who passes off all of their scales. Continue to practice solos, Terracotta, Danza Africana.

Symphonic Band: Longtones 1A, Concert Bb, F Ab, Eb, Db scales, rhythm chart 1-8, concert music

Honors Band: Longtones 1A, Set 1 Opt.1, Set 1 Opt. 4, Concert Bb, Eb, F, and Ab scales, rhythm charts 7-10, spring concert music, ensembles

Wind Symphony: Long tones, lip slurs, scales (ALL - including chromatic), all rhythm charts, spring concert music, technical exercises in Bb, Eb, Ab, and F, audition music, ensembles

Reminders from Previous Updates

ALL Smores In One Place

If you would like to bookmark the link below, I will be adding the weekly Smores to this page so you can reference every week when you need to without digging through old emails. You can also find the Smores on the band website and on your students' Canvas page for band.

ALL Hawk Band Updates


Middle school is a very popular time for orthodontics, as many of you already know. While playing an instrument with braces is very common and doesn't usually pose any problems, it does take time to adjust to. If your student will be getting braces on or off this year and there is ANY way you can schedule around our big contests, we would be very grateful for the consideration.

For Honors Band and Wind Symphony students, please avoid big orthodontic changes from now until April 21. For Beginner Band students please avoid changes from now until May 7. We know this is not always possible, but if there is any way to schedule around these dates we would greatly appreciate it!

Spring 50 Day Practice Challenge

We started another 50 day practice challenge after spring break. The challenge runs from March 21-May 22 and will end with a movie reward for students who complete 50 days of practice (at least 20 minutes) over the course of those days. The physical paper will be due no later than May 25 and must include a parent signature in order for a student to earn the movie reward. We do not know which movie we will be watching yet, but will let you know once we have made that decision.

All-Region Performance Recordings

If your student performed with the TMEA Region 3 All-Region Bands back in January, the recordings from those concerts are now available. You can find the recordings at this link. This is a zipped file, so if you have any trouble accessing the recordings, please let me know and I will find another way to share them with you.

Band Fee Payments

Please take a moment this week to login to your student's Charms account. Make sure to login as a Parent/Student/Member. You will need to use hudsonsoundmachine as the school code. Student passwords should be either just the 6-digit ID number (for first time logins), sID# (that students are used to), capitalized first and last initials plus ID# (HB123456), or something different you or your student has chosen. If you need help resetting a password, please let me know. When you ask for a password to be reset, I will change it to CAPITALIZED first and last initial followed by student ID# (ex. HB123456).

After logging in, you can see payments due in the financial tab, make changes to personal information, see uniform parts that have been checked out, school-owned instrument information, and more.

Spring Band fees are now past due. Please make every effort to take care of this payment ASAP. If you have a financial hardship, please communicate that with us so we can help!

Using the Charms System for Band

Instrument Usage Fees in Skyward

If your student plays a school-owned instrument (oboe, bassoon, tenor/bari sax, French horn, euphonium, tuba, percussion, and select others), their district school-owned instrument usage fee is reflected in their Skyward account now.

We have had to send many instruments to the repair shop this year and this fee helps pay for those repairs and regular maintenance. Please help make sure we can continue repairing instruments as needed by submitting this district fee. These directions to submit an online payment in Skyward should help you with completing that payment. Please let Mrs. Becker know if you have questions.

About Us

Heather Becker - Director

Dan Urban - Assistant Director